Westover sophomore Destiny Burch, right, is shown with Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham at his law camp for state high school students. (Special Photo)
ATLANTA — Westover Comprehensive High School sophomore Destiny Burch this summer became the first non-metro Atlanta student selected to attend the Justice Robert Benham Law Camp.
The camp is provides guidance and mentoring to high school students while introducing them to career opportunities with an overall goal of increasing diversity in the legal profession, specifically in Georgia and the Atlanta area.
The camp was held earlier this summer and was hosted by King and Spalding Law Firm and Georgia State University’s College of Law. Participants were chosen through a two-tier process including review of an application and associated documentation along with a rigorous interview.
“The Robert Benham Law Camp is molding future Georgia lawyers. I am proud Destiny was able to represent South Georgia here in Atlanta,” Lawyer and State Rep. Ronnie Mabra said. “Destiny is an extremely hard worker. She proved that we are building future leaders throughout the entire state.”
During camp, Burch had an opportunity to meet practicing lawyers and judges. She also visited various legal institutions including the state and superior courts, Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, State Bar of Georgia, and the Georgia General Assembly. She also participated in a mock trial during which she served as defense counsel.
After two weeks of classroom work, Burch was assigned to the Fulton County Juvenile Court as an intern where she worked directly with judges and lawyers in child depravation and juvenile delinquency cases.